The average wage for an Ophthalmic Technician is $16.04 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Surgery and Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK). Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$26,928 - $54,143
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MEDIAN: $40,744
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$11.78 - $22.39
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,928 - $54,143  
   
Bonus
$198.81 - $2,663  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Commission
$1,000  
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$24,735 - $49,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $22.39  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $33.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$198.81 - $2,663  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$24,735 - $49,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,203

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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,332

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What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Surgery
up arrow 36%

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
up arrow 24%



scribe
up arrow 5%

Refractometry
up arrow 3%

Medical Photography
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
0%

National Average
$34,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

refracting
up arrow 9%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 11%

Medical Coding
up arrow 12%

Ophthalmic Technician
up arrow 15%

Scheduling
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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